Sprint Football Blanks Caldwell in Dominating Fashion
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Navy sprint football team (6-2, 3-1 CSFL South) dominated from start to finish in all aspects of the game as the Midshipmen posted a 72-0 victory over College Sprint Football League newcomer Caldwell (1-6, 04 CSFL South) on Friday night at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
“This is great senior class with great leaders across the board,” Major Jeff Polson, USMC said of his players after the game. “We had some injuries with them this year, but they bounced back. They all came back healthy this game. We were excited to get them all on the field, and end the game with all of the seniors on the field taking the last snap together. It was a special moment. Great group of seniors and it meant a lot to the team to be able to send them off like this. The team came out and had a great game. What a way to send the seniors off.”
Navy was firing on all cylinders in the game.
The offense amassed 557 total yards, including 452 yards on the ground. The Midshipmen tallied seven rushing touchdowns on the night by five different players, led by senior captain Mac Lavis (Orinda, Calif.) who finished the game with three TDs rushing. Navy completed just three of five pass attempts, but connected on two touchdowns and tallied 105 yards in the air. Senior Sam Shaunak (Collierville, Tenn.) hauled in both touchdown receptions. The Mids were helped by their defense throughout the first half with great field position. Only four plays in the first half were ran on the Navy side of the field.
Defensively, the Midshipmen posted 79 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss with three sacks, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, three interceptions, and a pair of pass breakups. The defense limited the Cougar offense to 75 total yards of offense (46 rushing, 29 passing). Navy held Caldwell to -1 yards of total offense through the first half of play before the Midshipmen began freely substituting in the second half. The Cougars did not run a play on the Mids’ side of the field until the fourth quarter.
On special teams, Jared Swenson (Seymour, Wis.) was a perfect 8-for-8 on point after attempts, while adding three field goals for a season-high 17 points in the game. In addition, Swenson connected on a season-best 48-yard field goal.
Navy jumped out to a 28-0 lead through the first quarter of play. Following an interception by Miles Whitlow (Madison, Ala.) on the Cougars’ opening drive, the Midshipmen handed off to Lavis on back-to-back plays and the senior punched it in for his first touchdown of the game. The Mids put together an eight-play, 65-yard drive that was capped by a one-yard Lavis plunge into the end zone to put Navy up 14-0. The Mids got the ball back as senior Patrick McMahan (Windermere, Fla.) picked off a Caldwell pass at the 38-yardline. One play later, Brandon Coleman (Yonkers, N.Y.) hit Shaunak in stride for the TD. The ensuing Cougar drive ended with an errant snap that senior Bryant Schlade (Napoleon, Ohio) jumped on to give the Midshipmen possession. Navy needed four plays to find the checkerboard end zone, capping the drive with a four-yard Coleman scamper.
The second quarter was much of the same for the Midshipmen. Navy tallied four more touchdowns before halftime, taking advantage of excellent field position because of strong defensive efforts. Braydan Chmiel (Warrenton, Mo.) and Lavis added rushing scores, while Chmiel found Shaunak for a 30-yard TD strike. Stefano Saragusa (Haines City, Fla.) closed out the scoring in the first half with a 31-yard jaunt into the end zone to put the Midshipmen ahead 28-0 at intermission.
Navy slowed things down in the second half, settling for three field goals, while adding one touchdown run. Swenson connected on field goals from 35, 48, and 19 in the game, while Jacob Hudson (Wilmington, Del.) handled a bad snap and scrambled for 30 yards to find the end zone for a score.
The sprint football team finished the season 6-2 overall, including a 3-1 record in the CSFL South Division.